I checked out the book "Knitting with Balls" and it's better than I expected, although perhaps a little too heavy on the accessories. (What happens when a knitted wallet gets wet? Or a knitted laptop cover?) Still, it is clearly written and there is a sweater pattern or two that I think are quite good. More power to the author. He beat me to the punch. Now mind you, I didn't buy it... but it does seem to be selling well. Portland is very hot in the knitting department right now. Powell's book store has an entire aisle of books on knitting and patterns. Who'd have thunk it?
Wow, it feels like it's been forever since I've been on the site. What little spare time I've had, I've spent knitting. If I don't get to knit at least some each day, I get very grumpy! The flip side is that I've missed you guys and staying on top of what everyone's doing.
I finally finished David's clogs - he got them a month late. I've also finished my first sweater and pair of socks. No pictures of them yet, but I will post them once I get some taken.
I now have going my first sweater done in the round -- no seams, yeah! For the sleeves, I'm using the magic loop method for the first time instead of DPNs. I think I like DPNs better, but with the Knit Pick options needles and cables, it just made sense to try magic loop first and it's going well. I also have my second pair of socks going and I'm about to finish a baby cuddle toy for my niece. For Christmas, I'm going to try really hard to restart and finish the Orangutan to give my nephew and get a stocking cap knit for my brother.
.... I never said what I was doing for Thanksgiving!
I have to work here at the bar until 1pm. The bar hosts a Thanksgiving buffet for our customers but Jeff, (the new guy I'm seeing, yeee hawww!) and I are off to a friends house for a drink or two before their buffet and then heading home to do a Thanksgiving for two. heh heh.
Mixed Baby Greens Salas with Roasted Pears and Bleu Cheese
Roasted Cornish Hens stuffed with Wild Rice Pilaf and Orange Sauce
Panna Cotta with Cranberry Cabernet Sauce
And you know... I attach a pic of the little devil so y'all can take a gander at him.. warning.. he's cute!
Best to you all!
Yesterday, I had to rip out 54 rows of a shawl I am knitting!! Somehow I had managed to reverse the back to the front at about row 54 and only realised at row 108. Not happy.
I haven't used a lifeline with this shawl because the yarn is heavier (laceweight wool) than my last cobweb scarf, and the stitches don't fall off the needles as the cobweb did.
We've just had two days of 35C and 38C temperatures, so nothing else to do but sit inside and knit or read.
Happy Thanksgiving to all the American MWK.
Just a quick note to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you on this site. I've been on here for eight months now and have developed some great friendships and I'm eternally grateful for each and everyone of them. Some we will have to consumate sometime. YES!
May your holiday be one of comfort and love.
I finished a hat tonight for one nephew and a sock for another nephew for Christmas. Since the sock is the first of a pair, I'm considering it a semi-FO. I discovered a bit late that I had made the foot an inch too long. As it's a toe-up sock, I ended up having to pick up stitches in the foot and rip from the toe up to the stitches, then reknit the toe. Took a bit of doing, but it turned out okay. The only problem is that I'm too anal-retentive (yes, it is hyphenated) not to do an identical mate for it, which means premeasuring yarn for the toe, then provisional cast on at the foot.
Here's the sock before I grafted the toe:
and here's the hat:
The hat is brioche stitch to make it toasty for the Maine winter, and because it's for
This is the famous hat after so many redoing it is done.
There are two views. The attachment is different. I added the pompom later.
I am searching for this pattern book from Lana Grossa wool company. None of their products are available in the southern hemisphere; I rang my contacts in the US but those stores do not have this book in stock.
I have the other Filati Men's editions and I like the patterns a lot. I wish I could order the wools locally.
I'm wondering if you guys would be on the look-out for this pattern book and let me know the details of the LYS which carries it so I can order it by phone. I would really appreciate any assistance here.
Here is a picture of the scarf in its current state.
Hey guys -
just finished my kitty's first sweater - I took a dog pattern and improvised it (annoying my cat along the way) to get her a new warm coat for the winter! I made quite a few mistakes while making it, but I learned a lot and I am ready to try another one! (lots of other projects in the works though so not sure how quickly I will be able to do it, although a friend wants one for her doggy!)